Alexander Granach: Da geht ein Mensch, typescript (1942-1945)
The autobiography of actor Alexander Granach Da geht ein Mensch was released in 1945. However, he did not live to see its publication.
Alexander Granach: Letter to Lotte Lieven, presumably from Hollywood (7 September 1941)
The actor Alexander Granach wrote more than 300 letters from exile to his great love, the actress Lotte Lieven. When they first met in 1920 and fell in love, she was training to be an actress in Munich, while Granach was the main character actor at the theatre Schauspielhaus München.
Alfred Kerr: Page from the Melodien volume of poetry (1938)
In the poem Die illegalen Kämpfer in Deutschland, Alfred Kerr, who continued his flight in 1936 to Britain, struck an elegiac tone in honour of the resistance movement in Germany. He selected this page from his volume of poetry Melodien for an exhibition of the Freier Deutscher Kulturbund aimed at informing British citizens about the resistance in Germany.
Anna Seghers’ American press pass (1946)
Anna Seghers had become a renowned author in the USA after her novel The Seventh Cross was chosen for the Book of the Month Club in 1942 and adapted for a Hollywood film by Fred Zinnemann.
Arnold Zweig's membership card of the Association of German Writers (Paris 1936)
From 1929 to 1930, the author Arnold Zweig was the first chairman of the Schutzverband Deutscher Schriftsteller (SDS) [Association of German Writers]. The association, which was originally founded as a writers' trade union, had around 2,000 members in the 1920s, among them renowned authors such as Thomas Mann.
Arnold Zweig in Haifa
Barely two years after his emigration to Palestine, the author Arnold Zweig penned these harsh words criticizing his new homeland in a letter to Sigmund Freud. Writing in 1936, the formerly staunch Zionist could now barely contain his disappointment.
Bertolt Brecht: Auf der Flucht vor dem A., manuscript (1941)
This poem by the writer Bertolt Brecht was first discovered over 50 years after his death in the presumably last unknown partial bequest by Brecht, the collection of Victor N. Cohen.
Bertolt Brecht: Driven Out With Good Reason, typescript (1939)
In this poem, which was written in exile in Denmark in 1939, the writer Bertolt Brecht depicts himself as a political refugee who had been “driven out” of Nazi Germany “with good reason”.He describes the reasons why he was persecuted as follows:“and their informers told them that I sit with those who have been robbed when they / are planning the uprising.
Bertolt Brecht: Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, production photograph (1938)
The world premiere of Bertolt Brecht's Fear and Misery of the Third Reich in the form of a selection entitled 99% was held on 21 May 1938 in the Salle d'Iéna in Paris. A year earlier Brecht had already explored the idea of a fallen aviator brother in the Svendborg poems upon hearing about the deployment of the German Condor Legion in 1937 in Spain.
Bertolt Brecht: Five Difficulties in Writing the Truth, covert text (1935)
Bertolt Brecht’s treatise Five Difficulties in Writing the Truth was published in April 1935 in the journal Unsere Zeit which appeared in Paris, Basel and Prague. One part of the edition was distributed in Germany as a covert text under the title Statute of the Reich Association of German Writers, the approved writers’ association in Germany.